By Pranav Shahaney

13th Oct, 2021 | 7:10am

Everton look to appoint data engineer to improve recruitment

Everton are reportedly taking another step into the world of football analytics as they are looking to hire a data engineer.

According to The Athletic, the Toffees are one of the Premier League sides to hire data analytics staff in a bid to help them find an edge in the transfer market.

This is similar to how things take place in the NBA in the USA where they have four to five data analytics experts per side.

Currently, in the Premier League, only Liverpool and Manchester City, two of the most successful teams in recent years, can boast of similar numbers.

Moving in the right direction

As the report says, there would’ve been plenty of data science sceptics ten years ago, but that is now seen as the future and clubs are slowly but surely catching onto the idea.

It’s been prevalent in American sports, especially baseball and the NBA, for a while now, and football clubs are still lagging behind in terms of technology.

However, it’s never too late to begin, and it’s good to see Everton taking steps in the right direction.

Their transfer activity over the past few years has been underwhelming, to say the least, and having a data engineer helping with the planning of transfers, could give the Toffees a much-needed edge in the market.

They’ve often overpaid for players that have not lived up to their price tag and the club has then incurred huge losses by selling them.

This has led to them finding themselves in trouble with FFP, just like they did this summer, giving their manager little to no funds to strengthen ahead of the new campaign.

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